ALABAMA TRAILS

Lauderdale County AL
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CHRISTINE BALENTINE , 81, Florence, died Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, at her residence after an extended illness. Funeral services will be today at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Church of Christ with burial in the Macedonia Church of Christ with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery. Her body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 until time for the service. Officiating will be Sonny Hargett and Wayne Gean. Funeral services are under the direction of Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. She was a member of the Macedonia Church of Christ, a native of Lauderdale County and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, O’Dell Balentine. She is survived by a son, Granville Balentine, Florence; sisters, Ruby Mitchell, Florence, Estelle Thrasher, Jasper; brothers, Leonard Brown, M.F. Brown, and Thomas Brown, all of Florence; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Richard Balentine, Chris Balentine, Bobby Balentine, Tim Wright Alford Sherrod and Ronnie Brown.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

ELLEN ICIE BALENTINE , Rt. 1, Lutts, Tenn., was born March 4, 1889, the daughter of Elihue and Mattie Vickery Reaves. She was a native of Wayne County, Tenn. And a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. She passed away May 23, 1969 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Verta Weeks, age 80 years, 2 months and 19 days. Survivors include 3 sons, Willard Reaves, Cloverdale, Ala., Vernice Balentine, Lutts, Tenn., Ray Balentine, Cypress Inn, Tenn., 4 daughters, Mrs. Verta Weeks and Mrs. Eunice Petty, Lutts, Tenn., Mrs. Inez King and Mrs. Imogene Tilley, Laurel, Maryland; one brother, George Reaves, Lutts, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Flora McFalls and Mrs. Roxie Reaves, Florence, Ala.; 22 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information was taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., prepared by Middle Tennessee Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tennessee.

JACK BALENTINE , 52, 133 S. Eclipse St., Florence, died Saturday at his residence. He was a native and lifelong resident of Florence and a World War II veteran. A service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Murphy’s Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Geans officiating. Burial will be in Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, directing. The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour before the service. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jeanette W. Balentine, Florence; three sons, Jackie Balentine, Jerry Balentine, Ronnie Balentine, all of Florence; four daughters, Mrs. Rita Stricklin, Savannah, Tenn., Miss Sheila Balentine, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Trammie Franks, Miss Terri Balentine, both of Florence; one brother, Clyde Balentine, Florence; eight grandchildren. Bearers will be Gene Landrum, Reeder Witt, Arle Stone, James Fulmer, David Stricklin and G.W. Dowdy.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

VIRGIL BALENTINE - Note: Tomb at Greenview shows date of birth for Virgil 12 Apr 1912 and death 12 Jan 1980 “Services for Virgil Balentine, 67, 1514 Pinhook Rd., Savannah, Tenn., were today at 2 p.m. at Morrison-Elkins Chapel in Florence with Tom Bunting officiating. Burial was in Greenview Memorial “Gardens, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. He died Saturday at his residence after an extended illness. He was a native of Lauderdale County, a member of the Church of Christ and a retired merchant. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lennis Pruitt Balentine, Savannah, Tenn., son, Tommy Balentine, Memphis, Tenn.; brother, Ernest Balentine, Florence; sisters, Mrs. Sam Thrasher and Mrs. Hazel Smith, Florence; one grandson. Bearers will be Robert Sharp, Robert McFalls, Arch Wright, Doug Bain, Robert McDaniel and Doug Doran.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

DEWEY CLYDE BARKLEY , 89, 902 Sannoner Ave., died today at the residence. He was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., had lived in Florence 30 years. He was a charter member and Deacon at Highland Baptist Church, a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge, and was the retired owner of Barkley Air Conditioning and Heating Co. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church with Rev. Jodie Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Florence Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour prior to the service when it will be placed in the church. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Edith T. Barkley; a brother, Carter Barkley, Florence. Bearers will be Allen Lovelace, Billy Kelley, Raymond Sitter, Edgar Young, Guy Hamilton, E. G. Dorris, Tom McDougal, Ottie Stansell.

MARTHA CORDELIA (ALEXANDER) BARNES - was born August 22, 1881, in Hardin County; the daughter of the late R.L.P. and Lucy Spencer Alexander. Most of her life was spent in this county near Morris Chapel, where she lived with her husband, Jim Barnes, until his death in 1957. Many years ago she became a member of Morris Chapel Methodist Church. Mrs. Barnes died April 22nd at the age of 85 years and 8 months; leaving 2 daughters; Mrs. Ocie Miller and Mrs. Elsie Irons of Morris Chapel; 4 sons: Claude Barnes, Adamsville; Marvin Barnes, Sardis; Truman Barnes, League City, Texas; and Richard Barnes of Morris Chapel; a brother, Dell Alexander of Arkansas; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grand-children; and many other relatives and friends.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from the clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., prepared by Shackelford Funeral Home of Savannah, Tennessee.

WINNIE MAE (SHELTON) BARNES - Funeral services for Winnie Mae Barnes, 69, of Florence will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Elkins and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Ben Edmondson and Rev. Charles Kretzer officiating. Burial will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens. She died on August 13, 1987 at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and a member of Central Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Flynn Barnes of Sheffield; daughters, Brenda Carter, Bobbie Richards, Marilyn Long, and Annette Held, all of Florence, and Robbie Dickerson of Savannah, Georgia; brothers, Milton Shelton of Lexington and Vernon Shelton of Rogersville; sisters, Ona D. Sandlin of Nashville, Tennessee, Lou Kretzer of Killen, Pauline Owens of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and Cleopha Cottrell of Lexington; fifteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren
From the Times Daily 15 August 1987

LETHA H. (HAMMOND) BARNETT , age 95, of Russellville, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009. Mrs. Barnett was a native of Grassy and a former resident of Lauderdale County. She was an avid gardener and a longtime member of Russellville First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Reeder H. Barnett; parents, Sarah Elizabeth Hammond and David Newton Hammond; sisters, Rachel Shannon, Opha Yarbrough, Tessie Holley, Leona Gallian; brothers, Ernest Hammond, Delbert Hammond and Emmitt Hammond; grandson, David Barnett. The 10 a.m. mausoleum funeral service will be Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Richard Parker officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Mrs. Barnett is survived by a daughter, Sue Barnett Pilgrim and husband, Fred; sons, Howard Barnett and wife, Ann, Harold Barnett and wife, Deborah, and Michael (Mickey) Barnett, all of Russellville; sister, Louise Oliver; grandchildren, Melinda Pilgrim Smith, Diann Pilgrim, Olive Pilgrim, Teresa Barnett Whitmire, Greg Barnett, Eric Barnett, Valerie Hedge, Cobahn C.P. Hedge, Mickie Barnett Cole, Mike Barnett, Doug Barnett; great-grandchildren, Jackson Smith, Reeder Smith, Austin Pilgrim, Morgan Pilgrim, Justin Whitmire, Josh Whitmire, Chase Reeder Barnett, Ben Bovich, Caitlin Hedge, Felicity Hedge, Cole Barnett, Abbye Barnett, Walker Barnett, Davis Barnett; great-great-grandchild, Peyton Austin Lee Rogers.
Times Daily 2009

WAYMAN LARRY BARNETT , 67, Greenhill, Ala., died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Greenhill Funeral Home. The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Richardson Chapel Cemetery, with burial in Richardson Chapel Cemetery. Officiating at the funeral will be John Henry Davis. Mr. Barnett is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Kasmeier Barnett, of Greenhill, Ala.; son, Gary Waymon Barnett and wife, Cindy, of Greenhill, Ala.; daughter, Theresa Gail Chard, of Madison, Ala.; sister, Marion Ann Comer and husband, Jesse, of Rogersville, Ala.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Barnett was a farmer. Pallbearers include Neal Hipps, Dale Barnett, Joe Carroll, Denny Barnett, Jesse Comer and Justin Peters. Special thanks to Hospice of Tennessee Valley. Greenhill Funeral Home is directing.
Contributed by Sharon Rhoades - Find-A-Grave

FLOY VIVIAN BARRETT , was born Jan. 8, 1934 at Waterloo, Alabama. She died Aug. 27, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josh Austin of Waterloo, Ala. Mrs. Barrett is survived by her husband, Clarence Beauton Barrett of Memphis, Tenn.; four sons, Chucky, Tony, Tim and Jeff; four daughters, Cheryl, Lisa, Sandra and Lori; three brothers, Bobby Austin and Jerry Austin of West Memphis, Ark. (one son’s name was omitted)
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil Gean.

BEN ERVIN BARRIER , was born August 22, 1902, in Hardin County, Tennessee, the son of the late Henry and Sarah Michael Barrier. He was married to the former Roxie Daniels. Mr. Barrier departed from this life March 15th, at the age of 71 years, 6 months, and 23 days. He leaves other than his wife, three daughters Mrs. Stella Haynes of Florence, Ala., Mrs. Eileen Balantine of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Miss Barbara Barrier of Walnut Grove; three sons John and Grady Joe Barrier both of Walnut Grove, and Thomas Barrier of Florence, Ala.; 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Katie Shands of Walnut Grove.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil Gean.

EMMA MAYBELLE (WILY) BENEFIELD ,92, of Killen, Ala., passed away Aug. 19, 2008, at Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home. She was a member of Grays Chapel Baptist Church and a retired nurse's aide. Survivors include brother, Robert Wiley; grandchildren, Vicky (Ricky) Gallien, Connie (Phil) Newton, Donnie (Karen) Benefield, Greg Benefield, and Zachary Benefield; four great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Benefield; parents, Tom and Vadie Wiley; son, Charles Benefield and wife, Janie; grandson, Michael Benefield; three brothers; and one sister. Pallbearers will include Gerald, Tommy, Robert, Eddie, Edison and Jimmy Wiley. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Greenhill Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Brother Chris Towe officiating, with burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

BESSIE JANE (WHITE) BENSON , was born November 11, 1902, in Hardin County Tennessee, the daughter of Dave and Louisa Pollard White. She lived all her life in the Bumpus Creek and Holland’s Creek Communities of Hardin County, Tennessee. Mrs. Benson was a Methodist. She was unitied in marriage to Levin Benson who survives, Mrs. Benson departed this life April 3, 1967, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence, Alabama, at the age of 64 years, 4 months and 22 days. Besides her husband she is survived by one son,, Mondel Benson, South Bend, Ind., one daughter, Mrs. Magleen Ellis, Florence, Ala.; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mr. Claude White, Florence, Ala. Mr. Oscar and Mr. James White, both of Savannah, Mr. Warren White, South Bend, Ind.; her mother, Mrs. Dave White, Savannah, Tennessee; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Howard, Illinois, Mrs. Laura Milligan, Florence, Ala., Mrs. L.B. Barrier, South Bend, Ind.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr. prepared by Shackelford Funeral Home, Savannah, Tennessee.

CLARA (SCOTT)BENSON , was born on Friday, July 28, 1905. She passed away on Friday, October 22, 1993 at age 88 years, 2 months and 24 days. The services for her were Monday, October 25, 1993, 1:00 p.m. , at Shackelford Chapel, with Emerald Bailey and Roland Parrish officiating and Shackelford Funeral Home directing. Interment was at Scott Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information was taken from the remembrance pamphlet from the funeral home.

GARLEN LEE BENSON , was born March 13, 1934, in Hardin County, Tennessee, the son of Bedford and Ruth Fox Benson. Mr. Benson was an employee of Garan, Incorperated. He was a native of Hardin County having lived most of his life in the Walnut Grove Community. Mr. Benson departed this life November 4, 1975, at the age of 41 years, 7 months and 21 days. He is survived by two sons - Gary Lee and Marty G. Benson, Savannah; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Virginia Copeland, Miss Wanda Kay and Miss Carlene Diane Benson all of Savannah; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bedford Benson of the Walnut Grove Community; four brothers, Mr. Hurshel L. Benson, Mr. Harold W. Benson, Mr. Edward R. Benson, and Mr. Troy W. Benson all of Walnut Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Onida Higgins, Russellville, Ala., Mrs. Nadine Bailey, Union City, Tenn., Mrs. Hazel Wisdom and Mrs. Vernell Copeland both of Walnut Grove.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergy records of Virgil Gean

LEVIN BENSON , was born July 25, 1895, in Hardin County Tennessee, the son of Newt and Easter Austin Benson. Mr. Benson was a farmer in Hardin County Tennessee. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the American Legion. He was united in marriage to Bessie Jane White who preceded him in death April 3, 1967. Mr. Benson departed this life October 20, 1969, at Rolling acres Nursing Home, Florence, Alabama, at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 25 days. He is survived by one son, Mondel Benson, South Bend, Ind.; one daughter, Mrs. Magleen Ellis, Florence, Ala.; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; one brother, Mr. John Benson, Waterloo, Ala.; one half brother, Mr. Arthur Haynes, Waterloo, Ala.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from clergyman’s records of Virgil H. Gean, Sr., compiled by Shackelford Funeral Home of Savannah, Tennessee.

LOYAL BENSON , age 88, of Waterloo, died at his home Thursday, March 19, 2009. His visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home, Central Heights/Florence. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel, with interment following in Bumpas Creek Cemetery. Earl Rich and Dalton Skaggs will officiate. Mr. Benson was a native of Lauderdale County. He was retired from Genesco and a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Benson was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who also enjoyed diving for mussels. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lizzie Sheperd Benson; sisters, Ruby Benson Mansell and Cora Benson Curry; granddaughters, Wanda Hanback Sparks and Vivian Hanback; and a great-granddaughter, Amber Grace Benson. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mervee Tune Benson; sons, Jack Benson (Joyce), Raymond Benson (Peggy) and Sammy Benson, all of Waterloo, Danny Benson (Patsy), of Florence; daughters, Ruth Benson Lewis and husband, Hubert, of Waterloo, and Linda Benson Russell and husband, James, of Florence; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Pallbearers are grandsons, Roger Benson, Keith Lewis, Brad Lewis, Kenny Benson, Chris Benson, Jeremy Benson, Justin Benson and Daniel Benson. The family would like to extend special gratitude to Dr. David Bachofer and his nurse, Katie Clement; Southern Care Hospice workers, Tammy Kelly, Jennifer Pennington and Susan Osborn; and Alacare workers, Tonya Whitehead and Regina Crowden. Morrison Funeral Home, Central Heights/Florence, is directing.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

BERTIS LEE BEVIS , 61, of Bremen, Ala., passed away Monday morning, July 28, at his home from pancreatic cancer. He was a Rogers High School graduate and a 1972 graduate of Florence State University. He taught at Deshler High School and was teaching at the Huntsville Center for Technology, Huntsville City Schools.He is survived by his wife Monica Kelley Bevis; a son, Bertis Lee Bevis III of Bremen; his mother, Jessie P. Bevis of Florence; a sister, Judy (Bobby) Melvin of Florence; two nieces, Jessica Brink and Brandi Kelley; and two nephews, Sean and Ian Kelley.Pallbearers will be Lance Young, Dos Young, Herbert Floyd, Phillip Daniels, Warren Sadler.

EDNA (RICHARDSON) BEVIS , 63, Cloverdale, Rt. 1, died Friday at ECM Hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and a member of Hendrix Chapel Church of Christ. Services will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from Hendrix Church of Christ by Floyd Farris and Charles Coil. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will be at the funeral home until being placed in the church an hour prior to service time. Surviving are the husband, Dewey E. Bevis, Cloverdale, Rt. 1; three daughters, Mrs. H. L. Spires, Briston, Okla; Mrs. John D. White, Mrs. Richard Chard, both of Florence; a son, W. H., Florence; two brothers, Thomas C. Richardson, Florence, Ike Richardson, Clarkston, Mo.; eight grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL
Note: There was no date on this obit, but tomb at Macedonia Cemetery has date of birth 21 Feb 1910 and death 14 Sep 1973.

J.W. BEVIS , 90 Cloverdale, Rt. 1, died Tuesday at 12 noon at ECM Hospital. He was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., a retired merchant of the Threet’s Crossroads Community and a member of Hendrix Chapel Church of Christ. Services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. from Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ by Douglas Farley and Robert Brooks. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will be at the funeral home until being placed in the church one hour prior to services. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dewey Kelsey, Tuscumbia; Mrs. Clyde Lovelace, Mrs. Thomas Vess, both of Florence; four sons, Eugene, J. W. James T. Florence; David, Cloverdale; a sister, Mrs. Burt Simon, Lutts, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe, Rt. 4, Florence; Charlie, Florence, Rt. 3, 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Clyde Bevis, Romine Bevis, Delmar Hipps, Joe Bevis, Virgil Balentine and Earnest Balentine.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL
Note; There was no date on this obit. There is a J. William Bevis buried at Greenview that died 1969 that may be the right person.

MATHEW M. BEVIS , 93, 1050 W. 12th St., Sheffield, died Saturday at 11 a.m. at Colbert County Hospital following a three-week illness. A native of Wayne County, Tennessee, he was a retired farmer. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Murphy’s Chapel with the Rev. Max Burn and the Rev. Virgil Geans officiating. Burial will Follow in the Murphy Chapel Cemetery with Morrison-Elkins of Tuscumbia directing. Survivors include one daughter, Miss Linnie P. Bevis, Sheffield; one son, Arling E. Bevis, Sheffield; one sister, Mrs. Della Gilbert, Tuscumbia; eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The body will remain at the residence until time for the service.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

SARAH (SCOTT) BEVIS , 85, Rt. 2, Waterloo, died this morning at Mitchell-Hollingsworth Annex. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a member of Pine Hill Church of Christ, a retired practical nurse. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murphy’s Chapel, with Robert Harkrider officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour prior to the service when it will be placed in the church. She is survived by a son, Robert Scott, Rt. 2, Waterloo; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Johnson, Memphis, Mrs. Ella White, Florence; a brother, Louis D. Bevis, Florence; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bearers will be Gene Landrum, Reeder Witt, Irvin Nesbitt, Herschel Brown, Vernon Pigg, Roy Miles.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL Note: There was no date on this obit. There are two Sarah Bevis’ buried at Pine Hill Church. I could not determine which one was this Sarah.

EVA LEIGH BLANKENSHIP , 33, Rt. 2, Waterloo, died Wednesday night at ECM Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County, a member of Murphy Chapel Baptist Church. She was an LPN, formerly employed at Shoals Hospital. Funeral services will e held Friday at 3 p.m. at Murphy Chapel Baptist Church with Virgil Geans and Vernon Creasy and James Trotter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Morrison-Elkins of Florence directing. The body will remain at the residence until one hour prior to the service when it will be placed in the church. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Blankenship; two daughters, Tamara Faulkner and Martina Faulkner; a stepdaughter, Barbara Blankenship; a step-son, Daniel Blankenship; her mother, Mrs. Clara South; a brother, Rufus South, all of Rt. 2, Waterloo. Bearers will be Ralph Reach, James South, Thomas South, Eddie Littlepage, Paul Frazier, Cecil Murphy.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

GORDON G. BOATMAN , 93, of Waterloo, Ala., passed away Friday, April 10, 2009. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Methodist Church in Waterloo. Officiating will be David Muse. Burial will follow at Richardson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Artie Boatman; parents, Jesse Boatman and Ellen Sloan Boatman; sister, Ruby Boatman; and an infant brother. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be friends.

BERTHA (PERKINS) BROADFOOT - Benton KY - Bertha Broadfoot, 84 of Benton, died at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Mrs. Broadfoot was preceded in death by her husband H.L. Broadfoot and a son, John Broadfoot. She leaves two daughters, Mary Phillips of Benton and Martha Jones of Chattanooga TN; two sons Barmum Broadfoot of Chattanooga and Bill Broadfoot of Beaumont TX; a brother Stanley Perkins of Florence AL; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Elkins Funeral Home in Florence AL Harold Corner will officiate and burial will be in Florence City Cemetery. Friends may call at Collier Funeral Home.
Source: Sharon Rhoades at Find-A-Grave

ROY I. BROADWAY , 30, died at Florence Hospital Tuesday morning after six months painful illness of burns sustained at the Aluminum plant at Florence. Roy has been confined to hospital bed and wheel chair but was a patient sufferer & his many visitors were always greeted with a welcome smile. To increase his suffering his mother, Mrs. Fearl Broadway, passed away a few months ago. Roy was fed in different ways but had no taste, everything was the same taste, but he did all he could to recover. All was done for his comfort and doctors, nurses and visitors loved him and were saddened when he became much worse and passed away. Funeral services were conducted Thursday and interment at Florence cemetery. He is survived by his father, Henry Broadway, 3 brothers, 2 sisters, a wffe and 2 children, to whom many friends extend their deepest sympathy.
The Alabama Courier 8 November 1945

BENJAMIN F. BROWN , age 78, Rt. 10 Box 365, Florence, Alabama, died February 5, 1988, at University Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Brown’s funeral service will be February 7, 1988 at Murphy’s Chapel Church, with Bro. Virgil Gean, Bro. Earl Dixon and Bro. Grant Indencon officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Etta Brown; two sons, Mr. Bennie F. Brown, Jr., and Mr. Ronnie L. Brown, Florence; two daughters, Mrs. Jimmie Nell Patrick, Huntsville and Mrs. Dottie N. Haataja, Florence; three brothers, Leonard Wilson Brown, Florence, John Thomas Brown, Florence, and Marvin Francis Brown, Florence; three sisters, Mary Estelle Thrasher, Florence, Hattie Christine Balentine, Florence and Ruby Lee Mitchell, Florence; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from the clergy records of Virgil Gean.

CLARA BROWN , 81, Savannah Highway, Florence, died Thursday at 6:10 p.m. at Mitchell-Hollingsworth. Mrs. Brown was the widow of Marvin F. Brown, Sr. She was a native of Lauderdale County, a member of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Murphy’s Chapel with Rev. Louis Ray and V.H. Gean officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Morrison-Elkins directing. She is survived by four sons, Ben, Thomas, Leonard and Marvin F. Brown, Jr., all of Florence; three daughters, Mrs. Garland Mitchell, Mrs. Odell Balentine, Mrs. Andrew Thrasher, all of Florence; four brothers, Moncer South, Collinwood, Tenn., John, Floyd and Claude South, all of Florence; a sister, Miss Stella South, Florence; 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. Bearers will be grandsons, Bennie Brown, Ronnie Brown, Gene Mitchell, Brown Mitchell, Larry Brown, Gary Balentine, Vernon Thompson, Bill Hudson. The body will remain at the funeral home until it is taken to the church to lie in state one hour before the service.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, Alabama

EMMITT LOUIS BROWN , passed away 25 June 1978, at the age of 60 years, 9 months and 26 days. He was born August 30, 1917 and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will be on 27 June 1978 conducted by Revs. Virgil H. Gean and Earl Dixon. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ednar Dee Brown, Florence, AL, two sons, Mr. L. C. Brown, Florence, AL, Mr. John Henry Brown, Florence, AL; two brothers, Mr. Walker Brown, and, Mr. Earl Brown, Florence, Ala.; six sisters, Miss Kathleen Brown, Mrs. Carrie Sharp, Mrs. Madelene Fulmer, Mrs. Ruby McDonald all of Florence, AL, Mrs. Clara Daniels, Waterloo, AL, and Mrs. Thelma Rickard, Creve Colur, Ill.; three grandchildren; a number of nieces & nephews. Spry Funeral Home directing.
Cotnributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from the clergy records of Virgil Gean

JENNIE REBECCA BROWN , 78, born January 4, 1896 passed away on May 26, 1972. She is survived by one son, Ernest Brown, Memphis, Tennessee; one brother, Lucion O. Brown, Cherokee, Alabama; one grandson and a number of nieces and nephews. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, Mississippi directing.
Cotnributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Information taken from the clergy records of Virgil H. Gean

RICKY LOWELL BROWN , 40, Florence, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2000, at ECM Hospital. Ricky was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County and a member of Murphy’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He also was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 320. Ricky was a 1978 graduate of Central High School. He played Central Dixie Youth ball and was a coach for several years. Ricky was a wonderful and loving husband and a loving daddy. His boys loved him with all their heart. He loved all children and he was like a father to his brothers. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his brother, Rodger Loyd Brown, in 1994; his mother, Teresa Juanita McDonald Brown; both his paternal and maternal grandparents; and his son, Ricky Lowell Brown, Jr. in October 1991. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Elkins Funeral Home, Florence. The casket will lie in state from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at Murphy’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Creasy and the Rev. Jimmy Shields officiating. Burial will follow in Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery, Elkins Funeral Home is assisting the family Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 11 ½ years, Donna Kay Brown, Florence, Ala.; stepson, Robert Corey Maxwell, Florence, Ala.; sons, Dustin Drew Brown and Ronnie Matthew Brown, Florence, Ala.; father, Ronnie Lowell Brown, Florence, Ala.; stepmother, Sharon Elaine Brown, Florence, Ala.; sister, Rachel Lane Brown, Florence, Ala.; brothers, Ralph Lee Brown and wife, Selina Gail, Ronald Lynn Brown and wife, Wanda Darlene, and Robert Loren Brown, all of Florence, Ala.; a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Mark Henderson, Frankie Murphy, Tim Bevis, Greg Liles, Ronnie Hill, Carl Risner, Junior Peoples and Blair Darby. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Warren, members of the Central Dixie Youth baseball team, and Operating Engineers Local 320. Memorials may be made to the Central Dixie Youth organization in care of Ricky Perkins, 8845 County Road 15, Florence, AL 35633. The family would like to extend their thanks to the emergency room staff at ECM Hospital, all the emergency crews that helped and the many friends for their love and support
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

RUBY MAE BROWN - The funeral for Ruby Mae Brown, 70, Route 1, Box 297, will be at 3 p.m. today at Murphy’s Chapel Baptist Church, with Paul Holloway, Jim Young and Fred Dillion officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery, Shackelford Funeral Home, Waynesboro, Tenn., directing. The body will be at her residence until time for the service. She died Tuesday, Aug 4, 1987, at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence, after a brief illness. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church. Survivors include sons, Ray Brown, Florence, David Brown, Waterloo; daughters, Mabel Keeton, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Margaret Smith, Mishawaka, Ind., Bessie Lou Young, Dorothy Sharp, both of Waterloo; brother, Odell Geans, Florence; sister, Blanche Murphy, Waterloo; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Thursday, August 6, 1987

RUTH ESTELLE (GUYTON) BROWN - The service for Mrs. Ruth Estelle Guyton Brown, of Florence, will be Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, with Gary Patton and Johnny Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at Florence City Cemetery. The Brown family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Brown was born Nov. 15, 1932, and passed away Feb. 10, 2008, at the age of 75. She was married in 1950 to the love of her life, M.F. Brown, and was a member of East Florence Church of Christ. Mrs. Brown worked many years as a managing cosmetologist before her retirement to be a loving, devoted wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her father, James O. Guyton Sr.; her mother, Lottie Mae Holland Guyton; and a brother, James O. Guyton Jr. She is survived by her husband, Marvin R. Brown Jr. of Florence; sons, Marvin Randall Brown and wife, Jacqueline, of Florence, Ala., James Gregory Brown, of Harvest, Ala; granddaughters, Bethany Fenn and husband, David, Laura Richardson and husband, Dave; grandson, Tyler Brown; one great-granddaughter, Hallie Beth Fenn; several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Brown, David Fenn, David Richrdson, Dickey Howard, Greg Richardson and Justin Roberson. Special thanks to Dr. S. Paul Dang, M.D. and staff, Dr. Ricky Irons, M.D., Sally, Olivia and Crestwood Medical Center, Huntsville, Ala. “Love ya.” M.F. “Momma, I love you Forever.” Randy. “Momma, I love you Best, Gregory. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, is assisting the family.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily, Florence, AL

KATHY HIL (LONG) BROWNING , age 59 of Rogersville, passed away, Sunday, February 7, 2010 following a brief illness. An active member of Persia Baptist Church, Mrs. Browning loved her church and Fellowship Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene Hill and Bennie Lucille Bacon Hill Long; step-father, Howard J. Long; maternal grandparents, Minnie and Jim Bacon; paternal grandparents, Mary and Judge Hill; step-grandparents, Hobert and Gertie Long. She is survived by her husband, David Browning of the home; son, Keith Browning of Corryton; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends; her beloved cats, Andrew and Lily. A special thank you to Caris Healthcare, Dr. Matthews, Dr. London, Dr. Gary Casey, Dr. Wallace, Dr. Holly Sanders, Dr. Berrigan, Dr. Coen and Dr. Steven Baumrucker. Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville. Funeral service will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2010 in the funeral home chapel with Dr. John McPheron and the Rev. Billy Ray Courtney officiating. Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Hamblen Memory Gardens. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601 Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville is serving the Browning family.

HAROLD SHERMAN BRUCE , 64, departed this earth Sept. 23, 2006. He is survived by his soul mate and wife of 43 years, Carolyn Allen Bruce; four children, D’Artanan, Mercedes, Zabrina, Chancey Bruce and wife, Moira; two grandchildren, Allen and Elizabeth Bruce. Bruce was a member of the Helton Drive Church of Christ, partner and co-owner of Southern Wig Crazy Carolyns, a retired beltline operator at the Colbert Steam Plant and a member of Labors Local No. 366. He served his country through the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Harold was especially proud to have opened his home to several foster children during the last year of his life. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday Sept. 25, 2006, at Greenview Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, in Greenview Memorial Chapel, with entombment in Greenview Memorial Park/Love Mausoleum. Officiating will be Bill Hall and Jeff McCrary. Military funeral honors will be accorded at graveside. Harold was the son of the late Winnie Lee and John Gilbert Bruce and was preceded in death by his beloved nephew, Zachary Bruce Liles. Other survivors include brothers, Millard Bruce and wife, Judy, of Sheffield, Reggie Bruce and wife, Janie, John Gilbert Bruce Jr. and wife, Susan, all of Florence, and Freddie Bruce, of Flint, Mish; sister, Virginia Bruce Liles, of Florence; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Steve Balentine, Jerry Scoggins, Doug Godfrey, Dale Gambel, Ron Dodd, Foy Persell, John Robertson and Mike Clement. Honorary pallbearers will include Bob Gilcrest, David Thompson, Cliff Thompson, Harold Stanley, Billy Ford and the late Jimmy Regan, Coy Richardson and Dewell Clemons. Special thanks to Dr. Ricky Irons, Dr. Felix Morris, Dr. William Heaton and all the nurses and staff at ECM Hospital. The family would also like to recognize some of PawPaw’s special friends who loved to spend time with him, Vella Mae Wesson, Tess McAffee, Martha Chesley and Belinda “Pud” Bailey. Greenview Funeral Home, of Florence, is directing.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Times Daily News, Florence, AL

JOHN C. BRUCE , 76, of Osceola, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2008 in his home. John was born on July 10, 1932 in Florence, AL to the late Robert and Mamie (Rogers) Bruce. On September 15, 1973 he married Judy Domonkos. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy of Osceola; two children, David (Judy) Chesnut of Elkhart and Tracy (Matthew) Longfellow of South Bend and two grandchildren, Justina and Daniel Bass. He is also survived by one sister, Naomi Mason of Florence, AL. He is preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Amos, Able, Cyrus, Derwood, Byron, and Reeder Bruce and two sisters, Viola Melton and Nettie Young. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorable discharged in 1953. He worked for Dodge Manufacturing for 17 years and Uniroyal for 12 years before his retirement. He also worked for many musical instrument manufactures in Elkhart. He was an avid collector of flags and baseball caps and will be remembered for his love of family and his wonderful sense of humor. Visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, November 30, 2008 in Chapel Hill Funeral Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, December 1, 2008 in the funeral home with burial to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637. The family would like thank Dr. Mark Stanish, M.D., Dr. Rafat Ansari, M.D., Dr. Edward Delle Donne, M.D. and all the nurses for their care of John.”
Contributed by Mildred Gean Mason - Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens &Funeral Home Obituaries

ADAM JOSEPH BULLOCK , of Killen, Ala., formerly from Danville (July 30, 1983 - Feb. 7, 2006). He was only 22. Son of Randy & Mindy Bullock of Killen, Ala. Our brother/son went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006. He graduated from the Illinois Police Academy in 2005, but decided to join in his family's business, Carriage House Garages, in Killen. Survivors include: his mother and father, Randy and Mindy Bullock of Killen, Ala.; four sisters, Hope (Marcus) Luck of Danville, Anne (Richard) Baize of Terre Haute, Ind., Sioby Bullock of Killen, Ala., and Stormy (John) Froman of Killen, Ala.; and two nieces, Hannah Luck of Danville and Honor Froman of Killen, Ala. The funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Elkins Funeral Home in Killen, Ala. He loved fishing in Canada with his dad. He loved his dogs, Buddy and Duke. He is the kindest most compassionate man that God ever created. Butterflies landed on his nose when he was a young boy, and the neighborhood dogs slept under his window as a young man. All animals took to him and loved him. He was an Illinois state wrestler seven years in a row, beat numerous state champions throughout 10 states and placed in two national tournaments. He was as tough as iron, yet, to those who really knew him, the gentlest person ever known. If anyone needed help, he was always the first with his hand up. He will be missed more than can be expressed with our words. His Saviour is our Lord Jesus Christ and we look forward to the great day we are all together again. "I shall go to him, but he will not return to me." 2 Samuel 19:23.

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